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NMSU, Sandoval Master Gardeners to host eight-week gardening series

BERNALILLO ? Want to learn how to improve your yard?s soils? Or what plants will thrive in our dry climate? How about tackling pests in your garden?

Sandoval County Master Gardeners, in conjunction with New Mexico State University?s Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Service, is hosting an eight-week series on the many aspects of gardening in the Southwest.

?The series covers all the topics needed to grow a bountiful vegetable garden and interesting landscape in desert soils and climates,? said Lynda Garvin, NMSU Sandoval County agricultural agent.

The Southwest Homeowners Series will begin Feb. 5 and offer a class each Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. through March 26. The classes will be at the Sandoval County Extension office in the Old Courthouse in Bernalillo, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo.

Attend individual classes or the entire series. Cost of the series is $40 or $5 for each individual class.

The schedule of classes includes:
? Feb. 5: ?Fruit Trees for the Home Landscape,? presented by Elizabeth Gardner, Master Gardener arborist.
? Feb. 12: ?Building Desert Soils: The Foundation for Successful Gardening,? presented by John Zarola, Master Gardener and master composter.
? Feb. 19: ?Gardening in Drought Conditions,? presented by Curtis Smith, retired NMSU horticultural specialist and Southwest Yard & Garden columnist.
? Feb. 26: ?Plant Selection for High Desert Gardening,? presented by Margo Murdock, Master Gardener.
? March 5: ?Seed Starting,? presented by Lynda Garvin.
? March 12: ?Vegetable Gardening,? presented by Loren Meinz, Master Gardener
? March 19: ?Insect Pest Management,? presented by Tess Grasswitz, NMSU Integrated Pest Management specialist.
? March 26: ?Preserving the Fruits of Your Labor: Food Preservation Basics,? by Nicole Lujan, NMSU Sandoval home economist and 4-H agent.

For more information about the series, contact the Sandoval County Extension office at sandoval@nmsu.edu or 505-867-2582.